Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
The bridge is alpha code and will be made available around 5:00 pm PST tonight from Adobe Labs. It has been tested on Firefox 1.0 and 1.5 as well as IE6, and they plan to make it work on all modern browsers.
We Ajaxians have long talked about using Flash / Flex to create components for use within Ajax applications, and this new Flex-saavy bridge makes this scenario that much easier. Now that Flash 8.5 introduces a Just-In-Time compiling ECMAScript engine under the covers, technology that makes it seamless to utilize this runtime environment from within the slower interpreted browser environment is very interesting.
Adobe also mentioned an upcoming “Ajax Client for Flex Data Services” that builds on top of the bridge to make it easy for Ajax applications to do server push (courtesy of the Flash runtime), off-line caching, etc.
Along with Adobe’s nascent Apollo project to enable desktop application development with Flash, Adobe’s doing some very interesting things. Keep it up.
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 3:05 pm